I’ve stated it before, but my favorite thing about living in Phoenix is likely Flagstaff – which is a solid 2 hours north of Phoenix. Having this ~40 degree cooler maven within a morning’s drive makes the 120+ days that much more manageable. Took Conner up for a glorious hike (with a bit of unpredicted offroading) through the Inner Basin trail of Mount Humphrey’s.
Left early to get up there, packed for the day, hiked a 4 hour 7 miler, beers @ Mother Road, dinner @ The Tinder Box, a few @ Haunted Monte V’s, then some scenic routes on the way home in the AM. If Flagstaff is not on your list, now it is.